Video below is a gruesome hit-and-run of a two year-old toddler by two vans in Foshan, Guangdong Province. What is worse is the more than a dozen passers-by simply letting her lying on the street bleeding and not calling for help. This tragedy has gripped the nation; it is all over the news. The two drivers have been arrested. Prior to that, one of the drivers was reported thinking about offering money and not turning himself in. A Chinese netizen lamented:
When you put a price tag on a young person’s life, then human nature has become worthless.
This entire picture feels so wrong. The first driver who hit the toddler actually stopped while the girl was still under his van. He then proceed to drive forward running the rear wheel over the poor child once more. Whether he realizes or not, that is vehicular homicide!
The second driver is disgusting too. How could he not recognize it was a child on the street!
It was finally a woman who collects garbage saw her and helped. The other passers-by either ignored or looked and turned away. Some Chinese netizens are calling for jail time for these passers-by.
And I can understand the Chinese angry at their society. How could all these people be so cruel and heartless?
While the public feels sorry for the girl and her family, I think her parents are partly responsible too. At the time of the accident, the father was tending to his store and the mother collecting laundry. One of them is supposed to have kept her at bay and not let her roam a street where cars run through! Perhaps the Chinese populace has not yet seen enough traffic accident reports.
I cringe too seeing Chinese parents riding a moped zipping down a busy street with a child right in front of them.
Sadness and anger aside, I think (and hope) this tragedy is exception rather than the norm. And the next point I want to get to is with respect to how the ‘West’ reacts to it.
Predictably, whenever this sort of news report emanates from China, you get the usual anti-Chinese bashers and haters coming out of the woodwork with their tuppence worth of racist generalisation.The story has already been met with indignation by the Chinese themselves and they do not need the holier-than-thou Westerners to preach about what is right and wrong to them.
By the way, this particular CNN article on the story was actually ‘good.’
The mood in the Western media may vary from time to time, but to see what melektaus talks about, we only need to see reader reactions. Below were taken from ABC News as of the writing of this article:
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